Northern Chumash Tribal Council

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In late June, a mountaintop cross in Riverside that bears the name of Franciscan friar Junipero Serra became the most recent target of those who call for removal of all Serra statues and namesakes, part of a renewed focus across the country to remove monuments associated with racism, colonialism or slavery.

A statue of Serra at Mission San Luis Obispo De Tolosa is now in storage, after being removed by church administrators around June 23.

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A push to protect habitat along a 140 mile stretch of the Central Coast is moving forward. 

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There are plans to move forward with an effort to create a national marine sanctuary in the waters off the coastlines of San Luis Obispo and northern Santa Barbara counties, following a federal rejection of the nomination earlier this month.

The Northern Chumash Tribal Council would like to preserve the area sandwiched between the Monterey Bay and Channel Islands sanctuaries. The proposed area would be called the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.